CBD IN ICE CREAM? (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)
According to one study from the National Restaurant Association, 3 in 4 chefs say CBD and cannabis-infused foodswill be one of the hottest trends in food for 2019. Of course, Ben & Jerry’s is interested in the non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been pitched by many as allowing people to relax without the high provided by THC.
Unfortunately, the ice cream company can’t fire up the ice cream machine for a CBD-infused treat just yet. Regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibit CBD being added to commercially sold food and beverages. However, that could be changing after hemp was legalized last year with the 2018 Farm Bill. But because the FDA considered CBD a drug, it can’t be added to any food or beverages, nor can it be advertised as a dietary supplement. Cannabis also remains illegal on a federal level and only 10 states allow recreational weed, making it difficult for restaurants to offer CBD and cannabis-infused foods and beverages.
Last week, the FDA held its first public hearings on CBD-infused foods and beverages last week. Dozens of speakers, including researchers, health professionals, advocates for CBD, manufacturers and opponents offered their views on the issue.
Still, Ben & Jerry’s CEO Matthew McCarthy says, they want to try and make the CBD-infused ice cream for their fans.